Common household goldfish; he survived a harrowing trip to the White House and became President Reagan's "First Fish." Born in 1981, the young boy who cared for him named him "Ronald Reagan II" and sent him on the journey that would change his life.
On March 31, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot by would-be assassin John Hinckley, Jr. He survived, but was wounded and hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital. Thousands of well-wishers sent packages of the President's favorite candy, including a 55-pound glass pig filled with jelly beans; 74,600 letters, get-well cards, and telegrams to the White House.
The goldfish Ronald Reagan II arrived via the U. S. mail in a water-filled plastic bag inside a box. The fish was sent by 10-year old Barnaby Dexter Bullard of Albany, New York. In a note included in the box, he had written "I hope you get better and to help you get better here is a companion, a goldfish named Ronald Reagan II...Just feed him daily every morning and he will be fine. If he dies, call this number - " and he provided his telephone number.
Ron the fish became known as the "First Fish." He was given a home in a tank that had the Presidential Seal on it. He enjoyed his life at the White House for over three years. (Bio by: Cindy K. Coffin)
St. Petersburg Times, April 9, 1981
Ronald Reagan Library, www.reaganlibrary.com
Plot: Flushed down the white house cammode
Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
Record added: May 03, 2009
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